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In Haiti, gangs take control as democracy withers

Jan. 31, 2023 14:23 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Jimmy Cherizier zips through Haiti’s capital on the back of a motorcycle, flanked by young men wielding black and leopard print masks and automatic weapons. As the pack of bikes flies by graffiti reading “Mafia boss” in Creole, street vendors...

UN expert: Deaths of Bangladeshi migrants should be probed

Jan. 31, 2023 11:23 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The countries where Bangladeshi migrant workers are employed, including former World Cup host Qatar, should thoroughly investigate all cases of deaths and human rights violations, a United Nations expert said Tuesday. Asked about the reported deaths of at...

Experts seek investigation of Wagner Group, Mali forces

Jan. 31, 2023 11:14 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Independent human rights experts working with the U.N. on Tuesday called for an investigation of possible abuses, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by government forces in Mali and the Wagner Group, a shadowy Russian military contractor. More than a...

Azerbaijan to UN court: Armenia must stop laying land mines

Jan. 31, 2023 10:51 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Azerbaijan appealed Tuesday to the United Nations' highest court to urgently order Armenia to stop the laying of land mines and booby traps on Azerbaijani territory and disclose the location of those already planted, in the latest legal battle focused on the...

UN chief backs democracy for Myanmar 2 years after takeover

Jan. 31, 2023 02:17 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Two years after Myanmar’s military seized power, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres voiced support Monday for the democratic aspirations of Myanmar’s people and warned that the military’s planned elections amid a crackdown on civilians and political leaders...

Carrier Emirates test flies Boeing 777 on sustainable fuel

Jan. 30, 2023 19:50 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Long-haul carrier Emirates successfully flew a Boeing 777 on a test flight Monday with one of its two engines entirely powered by so-called sustainable aviation fuel. This comes as carriers worldwide try to lessen their carbon footprint. Flight...

UN: Taliban ban on women aid workers is potential death blow

Jan. 30, 2023 17:58 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Monday that the Taliban's ban on women aid workers in Afghanistan is “a potential death blow” to many important humanitarian programs. If the Taliban don’t make exceptions to their edict “this would be...

AI: World likely to hit key warming threshold in 10-12 years

Jan. 30, 2023 16:13 PM EST

The world will likely breach the internationally agreed-upon climate change threshold in about a decade, and keep heating to break through a next warming limit around mid-century even with big pollution cuts, artificial intelligence predicts in a new study that's more pessimistic than previous...

Armenia urges UN court to order Azerbaijan to end road block

Jan. 30, 2023 11:01 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Armenia pleaded with judges of the United Nations' highest court on Monday to order Azerbaijan to break up a road blockade that is isolating the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, calling the action part of an act of “ethnic cleansing.” ...

US urges donors to give far more as Somalia faces famine

Jan. 29, 2023 13:56 PM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The first U.S. Cabinet member to visit Somalia since 2015 urged the world’s distracted donors Sunday to give immediate help to a country facing deadly famine, which she calls “the ultimate failure of the international community.” The U.S. ambassador...